MANSFIELD, Evelyn Aug 6, 1929 – Apr 20, 2019

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TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Evelyn Mae Mansfield, 89, of Traverse City, formerly of Morenci, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Culver Meadows Senior Living in Traverse City. Evelyn was born on Aug. 6, 1929 in Morenci, to the late Herbert and Irene (Goodyear) Porter. She was a 1947 graduate of Morenci High School. After graduation she married the love of her life, Herbert C. Mansfield on Aug. 16, 1947 in Morenci. Together they raised a loving family on their crop and dairy farm in Lenawee County. Evelyn was involved in all aspects of life on the farm. She was particularly responsible for the accounting and bookkeeping. Her meticulous records kept the farm running smoothly. She also drove bus for the Morenci Area School for many years.
Her life was centered around her family and her faith. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Morenci, where she taught Sunday School for many years. Because of her love for music she played the piano and sang in choirs. She enjoyed managing her “Life My Answer” Successful Living Christian book sales.
Spending many winters in Leesburg, Florida, Evelyn became very involved in the Holiday Mission Church. She led the women’s bible study group at the church and volunteered at Leesburg Regional Medical Center.
Evelyn loved to travel. She was a member of her family’s One Million Miles Driven Club. For over 30 years, Evelyn and Herbert took their family on a two-week camping vacation to Traverse City State Park. Above all spending time with her family was Evelyn’s greatest joy.
“Only one life, twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” – C.T. Studd.
Evelyn is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Herbert; a son and two daughters, Thomas (Donna) Mansfield, of Traverse City, Carol (Marv) Studinger, of Traverse City, and Emilie (Mike) Calvert, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and a daughter-in-law, Susie Mansfield, of Newaygo. Also surviving are grandchildren, Brook (Bill) Yeager, of Windermere, Florida, Aaron (Lori) Mansfield, of Traverse City, Abigail (Aaron) Shier, of Fort Mills, South Carolina, Lindsey (Gym) Hinderer, of St. Louis, Missouri, Amber (Steve) Yarber, of Charlotte, North Carolina, Maj. Luke (Andrea) Calvert, of Platte City, Missouri, Bree Gail (Brandon) Stuk, of Jenison, Corinn (Nick) Kowalski, of Traverse City, Dr. Bryton (Jillian) Mansfield, of Grand Rapids, and Spc. Seth (Amy) Calvert, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Cameron and Boden Mansfield, Will Yeager, Judson and Julia Stuk, Nola, Bronson, Brecht and baby number four due in June Mansfield, Lincoln, Alexis and Raelynn Shier, Will and Hank Hinderer, Porter, Weston, Elliott, Lilli and Hudson Kowalski, Anniston Yarber and Olivia Calvert. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Margaret Hutt Porter and Maureen Mansfield Smith; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Evelyn was preceded in death by a son, Brad Mansfield; a grandson, Bronson Mansfield; a granddaughter, Shannon Brook Suydam; a son-in-law, Robert Suydam; two brothers, Stanley Porter and Roger Porter; and three sisters-in-law, Donna Jacobs Porter, Eva Marie Beck Boydston and Merle Mansfield Speiser.
A memorial service honoring Evelyn will take place at a later date.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to Morenci Bible Fellowship Church, First Baptist Church of Traverse City or Hospice of Michigan.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Evelyn’s family at her tribute page at
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Traverse City.

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